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Education dept employees reinstated by court remain jobless
PESHAWAR:January 22: Several Education Department employees, reinstated by the Peshawar High Court (PHC), remain jobless as the PTI-led provincial government has not implemented the court judgment passed four months ago.

The high court had given one month time to all district education officers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for compliance with the judgment to reinstate the sacked teachers.

“We are not being re-instated on the jobs even though we won legal battle in the court,” said Shah Hussain, one of the reinstated employees.

Another employee, Abdul Shafi, said that they first became victim of political rivalry as they were appointed by one political government and terminated by another.

He said that after 20 long years they got a chance and were reinstated by the court, but now the government is using delaying tactics in reinstating them.

About nine sacked teachers, including Shah Hussain and Abdul Shafi, who were sacked during 1993-1996 had filed the writ petition in the high court to seek reinstatement as per the Sacked Employees (Reinstatement) Act 2012.

The judgment was passed by a division bench headed by Justice Roohul Amin Khan.

The petitioners said they were appointed as teachers against vacant posts in Education department from 1993 ro 1996, but were shocked to know that they had been dismissed from service due to the change of government. The petitioners recalled that they agitated the issue at different platforms, but to no avail.

In its reply, the government stated that the employees were terminated from service on the ground of irregular appointments.

It said some of the petitioners lacked the prescribed academic qualification and criteria laid down in the Sacked Employees Act of 2012, and some being untrained couldn’t benefit from the said act.

“Having heard the arguments of learned counsel for the parties, it appears from the records of the controversy of reinstatement of sacked employees that the high court had allowed appeals of the sacked employees and that were also maintained by the Supreme Court,” the judgment stated.

The high court stated: “The petitioners have been appointed during the period 1993 to 1996, and fall within the meaning of section 2 (g) of the Act of 2012. Section 3 of the Act (ibid), provides mechanism for the appointment of the sacked employees, according to which on commencement of the Act, all sacked employees subject to section 7, may be appointed in their respective cadre of their concerned departments, in which they occupied civil posts before their dismissal, removal and termination from service.”

The court declared that the case of the present petitioners is not on different footing from the other sacked employees who have already been granted the relief of reinstatement in their service in light of decision of the Service Tribunal as well as the judgment of high court and the Supreme Court (supra).

The high court ruled that the principal seat of the high court and other circuit benches have allowed writ petitions in which the petitioners, though eligible for appointment but not equipped with training certificate, shall be considered for reinstatement against their respective posts under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sacked Employees (Appointment ) Act, 2012 immediately.The news.
Teaching assistants in KP demand regularisation of services
PESHAWAR:January 22: The teaching assistants appointed in the Higher Education Department in 2014 have demanded the government to regularise their services.

Talking to The News, a group of teaching assistants said that a few years ago almost 46,000 candidates appeared in the test and 2,200 qualified, of whom only 800 (500 males and 300 females) were appointed on contract basis (fixed pay) for a period of two years.

The teaching assistants were appointed in various colleges of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against the vacant posts of lecturers and there was previously no cadre of teaching assistants in colleges, they added. They recalled that that Mushtaq Ghani, now provincial minister for Higher Education, had promised on May 20, 2015 that they would be regularised soon.

“MPA Mrraj Humayun raised the issue in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. And then our case was referred by the Speaker to the standing committee No 8 (HED) of KP Assembly,” said one of the teaching assistants, adding, the committee approved our regularisation as lecturer. They said the case was referred to different departments (Finance, Establishment and Law) for opinion. All the departments gave opinion in their favour.

However, they lamented that the regularisation bill, introduced in the KP Assembly on October 26, 2016, is still pending due to lack of interest of the PTI government. In November 2016, they said, they were given extension of one year with the promise that they would be regularised in the June 2017 budget but to no avail.

They deplored that the contract employees of different departments were regularised but the teaching assistants were being ignored although the relevant departments and standing committee of KP were in favour of their regularisation.The news.
Education News from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa / Domicile forms distributed among Lakki students
« Last post by sb on January 22, 2018, 12:37:10 PM »
Domicile forms distributed among Lakki students
LAKKI MARWAT:January 22: The district administration has started delivering domicile certificates to the students in their schools on the directives of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary.

District Nazim Iqbal Hussain, Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Bakhtiar and others distributed domicile certificate forms among the heads of boy’s and girl’s high and higher secondary schools in Lakki city.

The deputy commissioner said the service of issuing school based domicile certificates to the students had been initiated on the directions of provincial chief secretary.

He said the administration would provide domicile certificates to the schools’ heads through district education officers for distribution.
Education News in Punjab / Teachers association to stage sit-in on January 25
« Last post by sb on January 22, 2018, 12:36:01 PM »
Teachers association to stage sit-in on January 25
MULTAN:22 January:The Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) has expressed concern over the failure of the Higher Education Department (HED) and Punjab government in fulfilling teachers’ demands and threatened to stage a sit-in on The Mall, Lahore on January 25. The teachers also announced they will boycott classes at local educational institutions, including Civil lines College, Wilayat Hussain Islamia College, Government Emerson College Bosan Road and Alamdar Hussain Islamia College. PPLA Multan Divisional President Tahir Islam said, “In response to our public protests, the PPLA along with HED had devised a comprehensive summary for acceptance of their charter of demands. This summary was developed keeping on board all the stakeholders, including Special Education Secretary Ehsan Bhutta,

Provincial Education Secretary Nabeel Awan and Provincial Minister for Higher Education Ali Raza Gilani.” He added the draft summary was to be sent to the chief minister for approval. “However, due to bureaucracy’s lethargic attitude and non-commitment with its own teaching community, the final draft proposal could not be approved by the Punjab government,” he maintained. He lamented, “It is due to the pathetic attitude of HED that PPLA gave protest call in all the district headquarters of Punjab.” He said PPLA had protested peacefully and negotiated with the HED officials. He said that special education secretary had assured the protest participants that their demands would be met within the 30 days. “However, the matter could not be resolved and now the PPLA reserves the right to stage a sit-in at The Mall Lahore,” he warned.

Tahir Islam pointed out that the PPLA was protesting in each district of Punjab and threatened in case their demands were not met, the association will be compelled to stage a sit-in at The Mall on January 25.

Meanwhile, traffic chaos was witnessed at College Chowk due to PPLA’s protest demonstration. The PPLA had been demanding one step upgradation of teachers, the time scale for promotion, allocation of quota for MPhil and PhD scholar

ships for college teachers, privatisation of public sector colleges by making the board of governors, devaluation of administrative powers to directorate level and pay protection and regularisation of contract lecturers. Earlier, hundreds of college lecturers and professors held a protest and staged a sit-in outside the Punjab Civil Secretariat in Lahore, demanding that the provincial government fulfil their promises for “pay protection” and promotions. PPLA member Nazim Hasnain said the government should fulfil its promises as teachers would not wait any longer. “It has been over a year since the government accepted their demands. Timely promotion, pay protection and timescalebased promotions were the rights of teachers.” He added that the government should end their antiteacher policies. PPLA President Hafiz Abdul Khaliq

announced that they had been assured that their demand for timescale-based promotions would be met by January 15. He added they were told that a summary would be sent to the chief minister within the given period. “For other demands, including pay protection, the HED has assured us that the finance department will be contacted.” He said, “We raised these demands a year ago and were told that they were all legitimate. Now, after a year, nothing has been done and no commitment materialised. Because of this, we have decided to take to the streets.” He said PPLA held 15-20 meetings with the government officials and was ultimately forced to take to the streets as teachers were getting anxious. “We have been assured that notifications will be issued for the mutually-agreed demands and the government has asked us to wait until January 20.”
Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2018.
Education News from Sindh / Education expo starts off with a bang
« Last post by sb on January 22, 2018, 12:34:44 PM »
Education expo starts off with a bang
KARACHI:22 January:The Fifth All Sindh Education Expo 2018 kicked off on Saturday at the Expo Centre in Karachi. Thousands of students took part in one of the largest events to take place at the venue.

The two-day event will end today (Sunday). Thousands of students from schools, colleges and universities attended the event at which more than 100 stalls were set up by government and private schools, colleges and other organisations.

The event, which continues from 10am till 10pm, has models on display to educate students coming from other schools.

Kissa Zehra, a student of class eight, presented a windmill model she and other students Umber Grammar School put together. She said that they have made the project solely for the exhibition. “Our project required a lot of hard work and time but it was worth it after receiving so much appreciation at the exhibition,” she said

Students of District Municipal Corporation Central Government School made a miniature water turbine. According to class 10 student Ibrahim Murtaza, the water turbine was generating enough power to light a small bulb.

SHC CJ wants judges, lawyers to work for health, education

A female teacher at a private school was of the view that such events help educate the students through different activities. “Those who remain only in the four walls of their classrooms fall behind those whose education includes hand on skills outside their classrooms,” she said.

During the exhibition qirat, naat and speech competitions were also held among the students and shields were awarded to the winners.

Nazakat Mehmud, a student of the diploma of associate engineering programme at Keman Institute of Management Sciences, said exhibitions like these give an opportunity for students to showcase their work. “We’re lucky that our work got selected for demonstration at such a platform where thousands of students are participating,” he said.Exptess turbuni.
Education News from Sindh / Low salary of teacher at core of Pakistan’s education woes
« Last post by sb on January 22, 2018, 12:34:02 PM »
Low salary of teacher at core of Pakistan’s education woes
Karachi:January 22:Some 2,650 primary and 168 upper level schools in Badin, 1,492 primary and 141 upper level schools in Dadu, 1,078 primary and 49 upper level schools in Sujawal and 1,024 primary and 80 upper level schools in Thatta are functional. Sujawal’s Kharo Chann taluka has the lowest enrollment of 162 students in up to class five and only six primary teachers are posted in the taluka. From classes six till college, not a single student is enrolled.

Mirpurkhas region

In the desert district of Tharparkar, a total of 3,439 government schools exist. But a staggering number of 3,179 schools, with an enrollment of 122,590 students, are of the primary level. With only 260 middle to higher secondary schools, the enrollment equals only around one-fourth of the desert’s primary students.

The coterminous Umerkot district only has 141 middle to higher secondary schools against 1,887 primary schools with an enrollment of around 92,416. In comparison, the students from class six to college level total about 25,000, which is less than 30% of the strength at the primary level.

In Mirpurkhas district, there 1,808 primary, 81 middle, 19 elementary, 74 secondary and 16 higher secondary schools with a total of 162,368 students, of which 118,202 are enrolled in the primary section.

In the division, 1,664 primary and 184 upper level schools in Mirpurkhas, 2,741 primary and 250 upper level schools in Tharparkar and 1,699 primary and 134 upper level schools in Umerkot are functional.

Larkana division

Merely around 8% of schools in Kambar-Shahdadkot district provide middle to college education while 1,328 are primary schools with a registration of 145,666 students against 41,126 in classes up to 10th grade and 2,362 in colleges.

‘Students’ futures shaped by primary education’

Out of 1,427 schools in Jacobabad district, 1,310 are primary while there are just 117 middle, elementary, secondary and higher secondary schools. A similar difference also exists in the enrollment with 113,558 students studying in the classes up to class five, 27,077 in the middle and high schools and 3,712 in colleges.

In Kashmore, Larkana and Shikarpur districts there are 1,264, 1021 and 982 primary schools respectively and 104, 137 and 119 middle, elementary, secondary and higher secondary schools.

In the division, 1,213 primary and 116 upper level schools in Kambar-Shahdadkot, 1,239 primary and 113 upper level schools in Jacobabad,  1,143 primary and 101 upper level schools in Kashmore, 991 primary and 136 upper level schools and 895 primary in Larkana and 115 upper level schools in Shikarpur are operating.

Sukkur division

A symmetrical imbalance is also found in the three districts of Sukkur division where against 2,966 primary schools in Khairpur district, only 324 schools provide middle to college education. The strength of students from classes six to college stands at roughly one-third of 246,619 primary students.

In Ghotki and Sukkur districts, 1,759 and 1,027 primary schools exist respectively in comparison to 132 and 160 schools from middle to higher secondary. Some 2,764 primary and 321 middle to higher secondary schools are functional in Khairpur, 1,654 and 127 in Ghotki and 951 and 160 functional in Sukkur.

Nawabshah division

Less than 7% of 2,955 schools in Sanghar district provide middle to higher secondary education and the remaining are limited to primary education, enrolling 188,062 students against 54,432 up to class 10 and 4,961 in the higher secondary. Some 2,134 schools in Nawabshah and 2,006 schools in Naushero Feroz districts are primary while 227 and 229 respectively range from middle to high secondary schools.

Primary education: In Pakistan 6.2m children still out of school, says report

The schools which are functioning in these districts include 2,561, 2,040 and 1,952 primary schools in Sanghar, Nawabshah and Naushero Feroz districts respectively and 186, 226 and 222 upper level schools. Express News.
Education News from Sindh / 89.9% of Sindh’s schools only offer primary education
« Last post by sb on January 22, 2018, 12:33:05 PM »
89.9% of Sindh’s schools only offer primary education
HYDERABAD:January 22:When Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari compares the performance of his party’s Sindh government with the provincial governments in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), he takes pride in the Sindh health department’s accomplishments. But, the education sector is noticeably absent from his praise when Bilawal appeals to voters in his speeches to judge the PPP’s services in the health sector against Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s metro buses in Punjab and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s tree plantation in K-P.

Perhaps the reason is that he realises that the education department has not fared well enough to render a sense of achievement. And the recently launched annual schools census report for year 2016-17 explains this discontent.

The 214-page report titled ‘Sindh Education Profile’ was launched at an event in Karachi this week by the provincial education department. It encompasses an array of parameters assessing academic standard, enrollment and a range of facilities.

Education: a solution for Pakistan

One of the many interesting features of the report is the statistics of the number of government schools, which show a yawning variance from the primary to the higher secondary levels. According to the census, 38,132, or 89.9%, of the total 42,383 schools in the province provide only primary education.

The middle and elementary schools, which provide education beyond primary level, amount to only 6% of the primary schools at 2,241. There are 1,719 secondary schools and 291 higher secondary institutions.

Hyderabad region

With an exception of Hyderabad district where around 19% government schools offer middle to secondary education, the percentage in the remaining eight districts in the division varies from a meager 4% to 11%. Badin district, with 2,934 government schools, has the highest number in the division. But, against its 2,763 primary schools only 101 offer middle and elementary education, 60 secondary and 10 higher secondary.

Similarly, out of 1,821 schools in Dadu district, 1,679 are primary while only 57 offer middle, 70 secondary and 15 higher secondary education. Among Sujawal district’s 1,390 schools, only 30 offer middle, 18 secondary and six higher secondary education while the remaining 1,336 are primary schools.

For the students in the neighbouring Thatta district, prospects for acquiring middle to higher secondary education are no better than in Sujawal. As many as 1,195 of the 1,282 government schools in the district are limited to primary level of education. Only 42 offer middle, 38 secondary and seven higher secondary education.

Reflecting a direct effect of the huge difference, the census shows that against 176,000 students at the primary level in Dadu, only over 43,000 are admitted in classes up to 10 and 3,600 others to the college level. Likewise, against 157,270 students enrolled in the primary schools of Badin, the combined strength of students in the upper level schools, including college, stands at less than 38,000.

As many as 61,580 students are enrolled in primary schools in Sujawal and 63,758 in Thatta. In comparison there are just 9,305 and 12,458 students in classes six to 10 and 1,148 and 1,087 in college respectively in the two districts.The news.
Students Organisation In Pakistan / Re: IN Punjab University Student Groups Clash
« Last post by AKBAR on January 22, 2018, 12:32:05 PM »
Several injured as two student groups clash at Punjab University
LAHORE: Two groups of students clashed at the Punjab University campus here on early Monday morning, resulting in injuries to several students.

According to official sources at the varsity, a heavy contingent of police personnel deployed at the university after the clash broke out between the two groups of students.

A group of enraged students ransacked the electrical engineering department of the university and set fire to a research lab during the clash. They also damaged vehicles parked near the department.

The violence started in the university when a group of students attacked the students belonging to their rival group who were busy in preparations of an event.

Following the incident, the university administration called in police to help restore order at the campus.

The doors of the varsity were closed for media persons and other unauthorized people after the
Education News from Sindh / Thesis presentation
« Last post by sb on January 22, 2018, 12:29:59 PM »
Thesis presentation
Islamabad :January 22: Abeera Shakeel Ghazali, a student of BS Architecture of COMSATS University successfully defended her final thesis, says a press release.

Renowned architects of Rawalpindi and Islamabad were among the jury. Like other fellow students Abeera Shakeel Ghazali, put her best efforts under internal and external supervisors. The HOD Uzma Kabir and Adnan Amir, Sana Ejaz and Waqas O Khan were their internal supervisors.The news.
Additional 226 computer labs being set up under ICT for Girls’ Programme
Islamabad:January 22: The government is establishing 226 additional computer labs in Government Girls Institutions in Islamabad Capital Territory under second wave of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Girls Programme, launched to increase their employability potential.
Around 110,000 girls students and 202 teachers would be provided training by Microsoft in these labs, being established to provide digital learning in one cycle.

The second wave of this programme has been launched at a cost of Rs600 million.

According to Ministry of Information Technology (MoST) here on Sunday, the other objective of the programme, launched with joint effort of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM), Universal Service Fund (USF) and Microsoft, was to help prepare many young girls from underestimated area of society, with a goal that they can get suitable occupations.

So far over 150 computer labs have already been established in the country under PBM''s Women Empowerment Centres at a cost of Rs300 million and around 35,000 students are getting training annually.

ICTs for Girls has been playing an active role for knowledge enhancement and ultimately financial independence of women in the country.

Microsoft has been collaborating to provide training to young girls which has been empowering and accrediting them to participate in socio-economic development and bridging the gender digital-divide.

This specialized programme includes training on coding, computing and communication skills coupled with coaching from industry experts.

With regard to ICT for Girls Initiative, Minister for IT and telecom, Anusha Rehman has said it is quite important and vital that women segment who constitutes 50 per cent of country’s population, should come forward, show their potential and contribute in socio-economic development. The Minister emphasized in this age of innovation and technological advancement, steps need to be taken that benefits of ICT, reach girls and women and added the government was focusing on this particular areas and ensuring implementation following party’s manifesto.

She advised that the women segment should not restrict them for typing only, rather they should take advantage of and focus on learning different IT and computer courses as Information Technology has assumed a pivotal role in every sphere of life. This phenomenon will also lead to women empowerment, she said.The news.
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